About the C3 Computer Project
What is the C3 Computer Project?
The C3 Computer Project is a full-service nonprofit solution for your old computer. Instead of leaving your old laptop or tablet lying around and collecting dust, we can put it back in action through a process called "volunteer computing," and get it working 24/7 on solving some of society's greatest challenges.
What is "volunteer computing"?
Volunteer computing (or distributed computing) is a system where volunteers contribute their computer's processing power to scientific research. Each individual computer gets a small piece of a research project to work on. The more computers there are, the faster the research can be completed.
What kind of computers are you looking for?
Any PC laptop from the last 10-15 years, as well as any Android phone or tablet, can be part of the C3 Computer Project. Any Apple laptop from 2006 and later (the ones with Intel processors) can also be used.
How about desktops and iPads?
Due to the high energy costs of desktops, as well as the additional equipment and space needed to operate them, we are not accepting desktop computers at this time for the C3 Computer Project.
iPads/iPhones, as well as Chromebooks, are unable to run volunteer computing apps due to software restrictions. That being said, we could definitely use your iPad or Chromebook for our tutoring program!
What research projects will my old computer be working on?
All computers in the C3 Computer Project will receive research projects from the World Community Grid, a network of volunteer computers that focuses on humanitarian projects.
Projects on the World Community Grid include research to treat and cure ebola, AIDS, the zika virus, and childhood cancers.
So my old computer that I don't use anymore, can be used to help save kids dying of cancer?
Pretty much. You can click here to learn more about the projects on the World Community Grid!
How do I give you my old computer?
You can either drop it off or ship it to us. Click here for more information!
Would I be able to set up distributed computing on the computer I'm using now?
Yes, you can! Click here to sign up for World Community Grid and install the "BOINC Manager" software, which WCG uses to send work to your computer.